In order for our children to sleep better, parents need to be better sleep role models. It’s no surprise that in today’s day and age, technology use within the household is at it’s highest among all family members. Phones, tablets, TV’s and computers are how we watch our favourite show, connect with friends and family, and do almost anything, anywhere. It’s also the new way we do bedtime. Our children’s bedtime stories are e-books and our own paperback novels have been replaced by our phones and tablets on our night tables.
It’s time to #BringBackBedtime and remove tech from our bedrooms. Setting up your sleep environment for sleep success is a big component of proper sleep hygiene and it’s also one of the steps in our Good Night Sleep Cleanse. To clear your family’s bedrooms of their tech devices, I encourage you to create your own family docking station within your home. Choose a spot in your house, out of your bedroom where you can plug in your family’s devices overnight. It keeps everything charged, organized, and not beside your bed.
Get creative! Check out our video where we show you how we created a family docking station. Everyone is plugged in overnight and sleeping soundly.
Now it’s your turn! We want to see you create your own family docking station. Choose a spot in your home where you can all plug in. Check out some more tips below on what to use to make your family docking station.
Follow Good Night Sleep Site on Instagram and Twitter and post a picture of your family docking station using the hashtag#JustDockIt and we will make sure to retweet and repost all of your fun and inventive ideas. It’s simple really. A good night’s sleep starts at bedtime. Good Night Sleep Site invites you to join our movement and #BringBackBedtime starting with your own #JustDockIt project.
Alanna McGinn is a Certified Sleep Consultant and Founder of Good Night Sleep Site – a Global Pediatric and Family Sleep Team. She provides free child and family sleep support through her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She invites you to join her sleep community as she works towards Good Night Sleep Site’s mission of a healthier rested family unit. For more sleep tips, subscribe to our newsletter.